Archive for July 13th, 2006

Blog Rules

Thursday, July 13th, 2006

Due to the Spam issue, if you put a hyperlink in your comment, it will be held for moderation.
That means it will get posted to the blog, but only after I have approved it (seen that it isn’t spam).
Thanks for all the comments!
-Steve

Jerusalem Jews Stand United Against Gay Pride 2006

Thursday, July 13th, 2006

If I were the homosexual crowd, I would stay away from Israel right now. First of all, they are at war – there are guns, bombs and missiles everywhere. Secondly, they dont want the homosexuals there. I am putting two and two together and the outcome isnt looking very good for gay day 2006. It seems that there is a radical group in Jerusalem that is offering over $4000 to anyone who kills one of the marchers in the parade. So, lets put this in perspective: the country is at war, they hate homsexuals, and there is a bounty on the head of every gay person that will be in attendance. I’m thinkin’ you guys better stay in your closets this year. It was so “important” to the gay community for this to occur in Jerusalem (the Holiest city in the world) but I am afraid that the reception is going to be even less welcoming than they once thought. Let me also say that I am not in favor of anyone being hurt, much less killed, but my point is this: the people in Israel dont want the gay agenda pushed on them anymore than we in America do – they dont want their city defiled by overt acts of filth. You arent messing with wishy-washy Americans here, these people are serious and this in-your-face move may cost some people their lives. If I were you guys, I’d go back to Rio – I hear they love that stuff.

JERUSALEM — Christian leaders condemned it. Jewish radicals put a bounty on participants. Muslim clerics threatened to flood the streets with protesters. Jerusalem’s conflicting religions have found rare common ground: opposition to an international gay pride parade next month.

“We consider this offensive and harmful to the religious integrity of the city,” said Sheik Taissir Tamimi, head of the Islamic court in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

“This group of homosexuals, we consider them impure,” he said, calling on Palestinians to take to the streets to prevent marchers from entering east Jerusalem, where the holy sites are located. They “must not be allowed to enter Jerusalem.”

The march is the centerpiece of the seven-day WorldPride festival, intended to bring people of different faiths and cultures to a strife-torn city in an example of peaceful coexistence, said Hagai Elad, executive director of the Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance, which is organizing the event.

It also makes the statement that gays have as much right to the holy city’s heritage as anyone else, he said.

“People on the one hand talk about the holiness of Jerusalem and at the same time are speaking in unacceptable ways against the dignity of other human beings,” he added. “How that contributes to the holiness of Jerusalem is something that I don’t understand.”

A previous WorldPride festival was held in another holy city — Rome — in 2000. This year’s event is expected to draw 20,000 people from around the world starting Aug. 6. It includes a Youth Day, arts and cultural exhibits, and a conference by religious leaders — nearly all of them from abroad — who support the gay community.

But local leaders in this deeply conservative city are pushing to have the gathering canceled.

Rabbi Shlomo Amar, one of Israel’s two chief rabbis, wrote a letter to Pope Benedict XVI, urging him to issue a “strong, emotional, unequivocal statement against this terrible phenomenon.”

“The evil are coming upon (Jerusalem) to desecrate its honor and to humiliate its glory with acts that the Torah despises and that are despised by all the religions,” Amar wrote. “In addition, they also want to negatively influence babies, children and teenagers, to ruin them and bring them down the path of destruction.”

The ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism Party has submitted a no-confidence motion against the government over the parade, accusing authorities of not doing enough to stop it.

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North Korea walks out of talks, South freezes aid

Thursday, July 13th, 2006

And more problems from North Korea.

PUSAN, South Korea (Reuters) – North Korea stormed out of talks with South Korea on Thursday and Seoul froze food aid to its impoverished neighbor, as regional fissures over how to deal with Pyongyang’s missile tests widened.
Pyongyang also appeared to have stood up to its closest ally, Beijing, which has sent a “friendship delegation” to North Korea.
“So far they don’t seem to be interested in listening, much less doing anything,” U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill told reporters in Beijing. “I think the Chinese are as baffled as we are.”

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War in the Middle East.

Thursday, July 13th, 2006

Here are the latest headlines concerning the developments in the Middle East.

US says Israel has right to defend itself
ROSTOCK, Germany (Reuters) – The United States, reacting to escalating violence between
Israel and Hizbollah guerrillas in Lebanon, on Thursday urged restraint on both sides but said Israel had a right to defend itself.
In a widening of reprisals after Hizbollah guerrillas captured two soldiers in a border clash, Israel aircraft attacked Beirut airport and blockaded Lebanese ports.
“We are urging restraint on both sides, recognizing Israel’s right to defend itself,” a U.S. administration official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Lebanon braces as Israel responds to attack
BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon braced for spiraling violence on Thursday a day after Israel vowed a severe response to Hizbollah attacks in which two Israeli soldiers were captured and eight killed by the Syrian-backed group.
A statement issued by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s cabinet after an emergency meeting on Wednesday night said that Israel held the Lebanese government responsible for the attacks and for the safe return of the seized soldiers.
But it offered no details about what type of action would be taken.
Hizbollah’s bold attack drew Olmert into a second crisis over captured soldiers. Israel is engaged in a military offensive in the Gaza Strip after Palestinian militants captured a soldier on June 25.
Israeli aircraft attacked the Palestinian Foreign Ministry in Gaza City on Thursday, causing a fire in the building, witnesses said. There were no immediate reports of casualties.
Israel killed at least 23 Palestinians in Gaza on Wednesday, including nine members of one family in an air strike that destroyed a house where the army said senior Hamas commanders were meeting.
Hizbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said the soldiers had been seized to force Israel to release prisoners, but Israel state says the attack was an act of war and that it would not swap prisoners.
“You don’t negotiate with terror organizations,” Gideon Meir, senior Israeli Foreign Ministry official, told Reuters.

Syrian VP blames Israel for escalation amid worry over Israeli retaliation
Syria’s vice president blamed Israel for the escalating violence in Lebanon and Palestinian territories Wednesday, and Arab countries worried over possible Israeli retaliation against Syria after the capture of two Israeli soldiers by its ally, Hezbollah.

Ahmadinejad: World will soon witness the demise of Israel
Tehran, Iran, Jul. 12 – Hard-line Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday that the world will soon witness the demise of Israel, the government-run news agency Fars reported.
“In the near future we will witness the rapid collapse of the Zionist regime”, Ahmadinejad told a crowd in the north-western city of Jolfa.
“The nations of the region will record the names of states that support the Zionist regime alongside the Zionist’s crimes”, he added.
Ahmadinejad caused an international furore last year when he publicly declared that the Holocaust was a “myth” and said that Israel must be “wiped off the map”.

Texas Episcopal Diocese Joins Dissent Against ECUSA’s New Bishop

Thursday, July 13th, 2006

It’s good to see the Episcopal fellowships taking a stand for Biblical Truth and Moral Absolutes.

(AgapePress) – Yet another Episcopal diocese is expressing displeasure with the denomination’s first female bishop because of her support for homosexuality. And now, the head of that Texas diocese is looking to clarify where the parishes he leads stand with regard to the Anglican Communion.
Bishop James Stanton of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas has written to the Archbishop of Canterbury, asking for a “strengthened pastoral relationship.” The American bishop’s letter to Archbishop Rowan Williams comes in the wake of a move by the Episcopal Church USA (ECUSA) to elect liberal Nevada Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori as head the denomination.
The election of Schori, who supports the ordination of homosexual priests and the blessing of homosexual unions, has added fuel to a controversy already well kindled after the ECUSA’s consecration of the denomination’s first openly homosexual, non-celibate bishop back in November 2003.
That move, along with what some perceive as the church’s continued movement toward liberal causes and away from the authority of scripture and church tradition, has caused many conservative Episcopalians and other members of the worldwide Anglican Communion to question their ties with the ECUSA.
Stanton says he plans to visit every parish in his diocese to determine which ones want to leave the Episcopal Church. Meanwhile, he adds, he wants a closer link to the Anglican Communion.
“My request, basically,” the Dallas bishop explains, “is that the Archbishop give us his support for our mission here and assure us of our connection and our commitment to the Anglican Communion, just as we’ve assured him of ours.” Like many other conservatives in the denomination, he says he is distancing himself from the Episcopal Church, not from Anglicanism.
“We’re concerned to uphold historic Christianity, biblical faith — what I call the Apostles’ teaching,” Stanton contends. “We’re here to proclaim Christ and the power of Christ to transform lives. I’m not always sure what the message is that is coming out of the leadership of the Episcopal Church, but it seems to be oriented to a number of what are identified as social justice issues.”
The Episcopal Diocese of Dallas is just the latest body in the ECUSA to reject Bishop-elect Schori as the denomination’s new leader because of her pro-homosexual stances and perceived revisionist views. Members of the Dioceses of Fort Worth, Texas, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as well as dioceses in Illinois, Florida, South Carolina, and California have similarly expressed disapproval with Schori and her election as head bishop. In addition, ECUSA’s largest congregation announced earlier this month it was leaving the denomination over the issue of homosexual ordination and a general disregard for scripture.

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